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A High Wind in Jamaica Details


Based on a novel by Richard Hughes, this drama takes an unusual look at both seafaring pirates and the true nature of children. The Thorntons, a British family living in Jamaica, decide to pull up stakes and sail back to England after Frederick Thornton (Nigel Davenport) and his wife (Isabel Dean) decide that life in the Caribbean is having a negative effect on her children's sense of order and discipline. While returning home, their ship is attacked by Capt. Chavez (Anthony Quinn), who along with his first mate Zac (James Coburn), begins to loot the ship for valuables. However, in the midst of the confusion of the pirate raid, the Thornton children scurry onto the pirate ship, and it's not until they've left the other ship behind that Chavez and Zac discover that they have new passengers. While most of the pirates are unenthusiastic about having a pack of kids on board, Chavez declares that they must be allowed to stay on board until they can be taken to a safe port. As they get to know each other, Chaven develops a soft spot for the children, especially ten-year-old Emily (Deborah Baxter), but in time, the kids' mischievous playfulness begins to transform itself into something more sinister. The supporting cast includes Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova, and Gert Frobe. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Anthony Quinn
as Capt. Chavez
James Coburn
as Zac
Dennis Price
as Mathias
Lila Kedrova
as Rosa
Gert Fröbe
as Dutch Captain
Nigel Davenport
as Frederick Thornton
Isabel Dean
as Mrs. Thornton
Ben Carruthers
as Alberto
Charles Hyatt
as Pirate
Trader Faulkner
as The Dancer
Kenji Takaki
as The Cook
Philip Madoc
as Capt. Guardia Civile
Deborah Baxter
as Emily Thornton
Martin Amis
as John Thornton
Karen Flack
as Laura Thornton
Roberta Tovey
as Rachel Thornton


Alexander MacKendrick
John Croydon
Stanley Mann
Richard Hughes
Book Author
Ronald Harwood
Douglas Slocombe
Derek York
John Hoesli
Art Director
John McCorry
Costume Designer
Freddie Williamson